Q&A Interview Category

Q&A: Physical Therapy for Dancers at Orthoillinois

Specializing in injuries of the hip, knee, and shoulder, Dr. Van Thiel has worked with athletes across a variety of sports. Many sports share similar muscular impacts and rehabilitation factors which are widely understood by physical therapists. However, dance involves unique movements specific to the sport. This is why Orthoillinois has a dedicated physical therapist, Anna Gibbons, who…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain?

There are multiple causes for shoulder pain, such as strain and repetitive use of the joint. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides guidance to help you know when it’s the right time to see a doctor for shoulder pain: When Should I See a Doctor For Shoulder Pain Treatment? Before deciding to see a…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: What Type of Doctor Treats Severe Joint Pain?

Many people wonder what kind of doctor is best for treating severe joint pain. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides some insight into what kind of doctor you should see for joint pain, based on your initial pain level: What Kind of Doctor Should I See for Severe Joint Pain? There are multiple types…. read more

Ask Dr. Van Thiel: How Do I Relieve Elbow & Knee Pain?

Experiencing elbow and knee discomfort is not uncommon, and there are a couple of ways to alleviate this pain on your own. In this video, Dr. Van Thiel provides some advice on how to relieve elbow and knee pain: How to Relieve Knee Pain The muscles in the body are all connected, so strengthening a…. read more

Knee Cartilage Restoration Q&A

The cartilage in the knee joint is called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that covers the ends of the bones. It acts as a shock absorber allowing the knee to move smoothly, and prevents the bones from rubbing against one another. Every year in the U.S., more than 6 million people suffer damage…. read more

Meniscus Tears Q&A Interview with Dr. Van Thiel

Meniscus tears are the most common injury in orthopedics. Any physical activity where the knee twists, there is sudden stopping, or a fall, can result in a meniscus tear. What is the meniscus and what does it do? There are actually two menisci in the knee, one on the outside of the knee (lateral) and…. read more

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Life changing patient stories

Read about Jack a multi-sport athlete, who suffered from a multi-ligament tear in his knee. Read about Abigail who fell and tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Life changing stories of patients healed by Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel.

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